the inevitable need for woolens was felt, the aborigines of the
valley started creating the same for themselves. Alterations have
undeniably arisen but those have worked towards enhancing the
status of weavers and the looms. The handloom has put back the
pitloom, superior raw material
is in use and positive variations have occurred in the motifs.
The pitloom developed and took the shape of a handloom, which
produces finer products rapidly. Formerly, plain shawls were woven
but with the arrival of Bushehras (weavers from Rampur Bushehar,
Shimla) into the valley, patterned handloom products came into
trend. The patterns
woven illustrate indigenous flora and fauna. In order to accomplish
every promising demand of the patrons more of raw materials are
being imported into Kullu from every nook and corner.
The hues typically vivid were in fashion till recently, but these
days people are smitten by pastel shades. The colors are made
of both natural and chemical dyes.
Handlooms are now found in almost every house of the valley who
weave for themselves and for commercial purposes. It has expanded
as a key cottage industry in Kullu Valley. There are thousands
of people wholly and partly occupied in the sphere.